Pins, sugar medicines and massage treatment have made their way to Estonia. Kairi Kurm checks out the opening of a new alternative health center.
Those in Tallinn who suffer from mind and body aches have a new option now that Onnuri, a health center that offers bioenergetic treatment, has opened its doors.
For those yet unaware, bioenergetic treatment involves reflexes and the energies that flow in the body. The people at Onnuri believe that the usual method of treating one part of the body does not take away the “real” problem. In order to be fully cured, a person has to be examined in whole, searching for the many reasons that caused his illness.
According to homeopath Oleg Pervushin, the number of patients who bring sickness upon themselves has doubled in the last 25 years and now is almost 90 percent.
Pervushin and his colleagues are determined to cure these chronic patients. But they cannot do it without the patient’s cooperation.
“Each person has to help himself as much as he can and believe in what we are doing, not just sit down and say do it now,” said homeopath Nelly Tower.
Another popular tradition, doctor-patient communication, is not used by these homeopaths.
“We try not to tell patients what kind of problems they have because this often makes things worse,” explained Tower. “We just give them the right medicine.”
According to fellow doctor Juri Peterson, the “right medicine” is like a mixture of sugar and water with a very small content of the “real subject.” The treatment is slow but thorough.
Medicines like aspirin, the doctors at Onnuri say, are poisons that treat and harm at the same time. Homeopathic medicines are meant for treating the whole body and are custom designed for each patient, not each problem. Sticking to this idea, the treatments for men are different than those for women.
How do homeopaths figure out what is ailing their patients? They point a metal object at certain points of the hand and examine the resistance of bioactive representative points of the body.
A dose of their own medicine
Julia Korobova and her family have done without traditional medicine for the last 12 years.
“Disease comes when people are weak,” said Korobova.
She went on to explain that if the mind is strong, sickness does not reach you. Peterson backs her up by pointing out that monks did not get infected during the plagues, when treating people, because they were strongly religious.
Korobova compares people to musical instruments, they sound nice when they work well. When they are healthy they are happy and love their job and the people around them.
“When people get older, they laugh less,” said Peterson. “We want to bring this laughter back by finding a balance in their body.”
People who seek homeopathic treatment have more than just physical ailments. Homeopaths believe that physical problems cause mental problems and mental problems cause physical ones. To put “harmony” back in their lives, these people turn to homeopaths.
“People open themselves up under our care because of the strong support we offer them,” explained Korobova.
Korobova and her colleagues are all licensed doctors who have been practicing the untraditional method of treatment for about 10 years.
Untraditional healing has been used throughout the world for centuries. It is the method of choice for such well known sets as the English royal family.
“Onnuri Center is not a commercial institution,” said Peterson.
Onnuri stands for international love center in Korean, a new movement in psychology.
The first visit to a doctor at Onnuri Center, where a patient is examined for about one and a half hours, costs 290 kroons ($20). The price of the next visit depends on each patient and usually comes about one month later. The health center treats patients in Russian, Estonian and English.
“One month of treatment takes away an illness that lasted for a year,” said Peterson.
Patients can also get Yumeiho, a one-hundred-movement massage treatment, and Su-Jock Korean acupuncture.
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